Useful and interesting because it gives lots of insight into a complex and very intriguing life.
It's a shame Kelley clearly has such an ax to grind and doesn't miss many opportunities to slant her presentation towards the negative. Fortunately the book has so much detail, that a careful reader can repair Kelley's journalistic corruption of her own work, and use the plentiful source material to get a good understanding of the personality's life.
But truths don't often come easy or directly, as Kelley frequently skips context to deliver somewhat misleading patches of information. Watch out for partial context historical comments by Opera, old statements associated with current events and points made that are later refuted in her telling of the story.
One example is a story she relays in which Opera's younger describes memories of Oprah selling sex for money. Then, many pages later, she mentions that the half sister, who told the tale, was at the time selling stories about Oprah to support a problem with drug addiction.
Another example is where she quotes comment after out of context comment, that seem to show Opera's lack of appreciation of her father ... then in one sentence, when it suits her story, mentions Oprah's life long attempts to shower gifts on the same father.
I am a fan of great history and am very glad I found this book. While the subject may not have been covered with the depth I would most prefer, this is the best and most balanced book on Washington I have read. If you are not familiar with the real story of Washington (and who is?), I strongly recommend this book.
The story of America and an alternate reality that leads toward failure. A great read and a great lesson on the freedom that drives our success.
Many in our country. do not understand the basic principles that enable our viability. Neither basement startups, basement bands or basement inventors could grow and flourish if the Objectivism clearly taught by Ms Rand were ever extinguished. The ability of any man or woman to dream of doing great things is only practical here because our country protects contracts and companies; the vehicles of success. Silicon Valley only exists here.
If you combine Ayn Rand's teachings with Tom Friedman's Operating System 3.0 (see "The Lexus and the Olive Branch"), you gain an essential insight into the fundamentals every country needs. You will also understand why "freedom" is so hard to export to countries only possible via billions in U.S. aid.
An excellent read, although this doesn't have as much depth as Friedman's predecessor, "The Lexus and the Olive Tree". I thought the section looking back at Lenin & Marx was a real eye opener. If you are looking for a strong Catch-Up course in 21st Century global economics, I would recommend reading "Lexus", this book, and Ayn Rand's book "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" in order. Republicans will have to struggle though parts of Friedman's last book and Democrats will have to take large grains of salt to finish Rand's book (btw, written 40 years ago). But these books (none of which give THE answer), with a few hours of reflective thought are simply life changing.
An excellent one hour presentation of news. Well read, the stories covered are informative and often provide material not available on the headlines of Yahoo and Google. I also enjoy the Weekend Edition, particularly the vacation and wine reviews. One major dislike, the editorials are intolerable. While I don't mind the conservative bias, they've become little more than repetitive RNC commercials, and thus offer no information value. I would move them to the end or blend in some editorial content not written by Mr. Rove.
Everything you would expect from the perfect summer read plus a little education on the life of a beekeeper. A really wonderful book. Read beautifully.
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